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Scary Security Stats Roundup from 2020

Scary Security Stats 2020 

Each year, cybersecurity companies publish a number of research reports focusing on different aspects of cybersecurity and breach trends.  Below is a list of some of the most alarming statistics from several 2020 reports published by several different companies.


  • Kaspersky research shows that, although small businesses are less inclined to provide their staff with company devices to work from home, only one third of employees (34%) have received instructions on how to securely work on personal laptops, tablets and smartphones during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: How COVID-19 changed the way people work)
  • In total, almost half of organizations (46%) face red tape delays that inhibit or delay implementation of industrial cybersecurity projects. The most common obstacles include the inability to stop production (34), and bureaucratic steps, such as a lengthy approval process (31%) and having too many decision-makers (23%).  (Source: State of Industrial Cybersecurity in the Era of Digitalization)
  • Research from Kaspersky has found that 90% of respondents who have participated in Kaspersky's Adaptive Online Training course and selected a wrong answer have confidently evaluated their feelings toward the given response as "I know it" or "I think I know it." (Source: Kaspersky Adaptive Online Training Report)
  • 61% of respondents reported at least one insider attack over the last 12 months (22% reported at least six separate attacks). (Source: Bitglass 2020 Insider Threat Report)
  • Most organizations cannot guarantee that they can detect insider threats stemming from personal devices (82%) or the cloud (50%), while 81% find it difficult to assess the impact of insider attacks. (Source: Bitglass 2020 Insider Threat Report)
  • 41% of organizations have not taken any steps to expand secure access for the remote workforce. (Source: Bitglass 2020 Remote Work Report)
  • Despite BYOD fairly being embraced in the workforce, 51% of organizations lack any visibility into file sharing apps and 30% have no visibility or control over mobile enterprise messaging tools. (Source: Bitglass 2020 BYOD Report)




  • 93% of security professionals lack the tools to detect known security threats, and 92% state they are still in need of the appropriate preventative solutions to close current security gaps. (Source: LogRhythm's State of the Security Team Report)
  • 75% of security professionals now experience more work stress than just two years ago. (Source: LogRhythm's State of the Security Team Report)
  • When asked what causes the most work-related stress, the two most selected answers were not having enough time (41%) and working with executives (18%). In fact, 57% of respondents indicated their security program lacks proper executive support - defined as providing strategic vision, buy-in and budget. (Source: LogRhythm's State of the Security Team Report)


  • The average cost of a data breach in the U.S. increased 112% from 2018 to $8.19M in 2019
  • Over 5.05B records were impacted in 2019, up 78.57% from 2018
  • 2020 is on track to exceed 2019 in regards to the number of records breached
    • Over 1.6B records were impacted in Q1 2020 alone, showing that 2020 is on track to top the 5B records impacted over all of 2019
    • Compared to Q1 2019, the number of records impacted is up 9% from 1.4B, even though total breaches were down 57.79%
  • SSNs and DoBs were the most pilfered data in Q1 2020, accounting for 34% of all data stolen.
  • Healthcare was the most breached industry in Q1 2020, accounting for 51% of all breaches. As the healthcare industry continues to be plagued by COVID-19, they will continue to be a prime target for attackers.
(Source: ForgeRock's 2020 Consumer Identity Breach Report

WatchGuard Technologies

  • Despite an 8% decrease in overall malware detections in Q2 2020, 70% of all attacks involved zero day malware (variants that circumvent antivirus signatures), which represents a 12% increase over the previous quarter. (Source: WatchGuard's Q2 2020 Internet Security Report)
  • Attacks sent over encrypted HTTPS connections accounted for 34% of the total detections in Q2 2020, so organizations that aren't able to inspect encrypted traffic will miss a massive one-third of incoming threats. (Source: WatchGuard's Q2 2020 Internet Security Report)
  • 76% of SMBs do not have a fully deployed PAM solution despite 78% citing its importance to cybersecurity
  • 62% of SMBs do not conduct a security audit at least once a year - and 14% never conduct an audit at all
  • 57% of SMBs indicated they have experienced a phishing attack in the last three years
  • 47% of SMBs allow end users to reuse passwords across personal and professional accounts
  • 31% of companies around the world are attacked at least once a day. India reported significantly more attacks per day than any other country, followed by the US and the UAE. 9% of all companies are targeted by cyberattacks at least once an hour. Exactly 50% of all respondents report encountering a cyberattack at least once a week during the past three months.
  • 72% of global organizations have seen their IT costs increased during the pandemic. Only 1 out of 5 companies managed to relocate funds and keep its IT costs unchanged. Companies in the US, Singapore, South Africa, India, and the UAE reported the most significant IT cost increases, followed by Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden.
  • 35% of companies reported more new devices connecting to their corporate network in the past three months, 36% report having the same number of new devices on their corporate network, and 29% reported having fewer new devices - most likely caused by layoffs. Countries with the most new devices added to their corporate networks: the US, India, Singapore, and Sweden are all significantly ahead of the world, by up to 30%.
  • Only 12% of global employees chose full office work as an ideal work arrangement. A new normal will likely emerge. Among the 15% favoring full remote work, there are the following country-level outliers: the US - 26%, South Africa - 25%. 

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Published Wednesday, October 21, 2020 7:40 AM by David Marshall
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